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  • 01:49

    Graphic Policy Radio Talks the Best Comics of 2015

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    It's a new year and that means "best of" lists are flooding the internet as folks say what they think topped 2015. The Graphic Policy Radio team of Brett and Elana this Monday discuss what they think are the best comics and graphic novels of 2015!


    Didn't get to read a lot of comics? Wondering what you might have missed? Thinking about where to start in 2016? This is the show for you to get ideas as to some of the comics that topped last year.


    We of course want to hear from you too! Tweet us your thoughts @graphicpolicy

  • 01:03

    Jody Houser Talks Faith with Graphic Policy Radio

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    Faith is the first comic to star a plus-sized superhero! Graphic Policy Radio welcomes special guest, writer Jody Houser who is part of the team at Valiant Comics bringing Faith to life in one of the year's most anticipated comics.


    Jody Houser earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Emerson College in Boston, where she completed her master's thesis in screenwriting and was a winner of the Rod Parker Fellowship for Playwriting.


    She began experimenting with webcomics in 2006 and is the creator behind the webcomic Cupcake POW!, which has updated weekly since 2010 and is currently available on comiXology Submit.


    Jody has been a contributing writer to numerous comic anthologies including Womanthology: Heroic and Womanthology: Space from IDW, CMYK: Magenta from Vertigo, and Avengers: No More Bullying from Marvel, as well as Dead Roots and Rise: Comics Against Bullying. Recently, Jody has written Orphan Black for IDW and Agent May for Marvel.


    Faith was the break out star of Valiant's Harbinger. A psionically gifted “psiot” she has always aspired to greatness. Now this once-ordinary teenager is taking control of her destiny and becoming the hard-hitting hero she’s always known she can be – complete with a mild-mannered secret identity, unsuspecting colleagues, and a day job as a reporter that routinely throws her into harm’s way! Well, at least she thought it would… When she’s not typing up listicles about cat videos, Faith makes a secret transformation to patrol the night as the City of Angels’ own leading superhero – the sky-soaring Zephyr! But flying solo is going to be tougher than she ever thought.


    Tweet us your questions @graphicpolicy.

  • 01:00

    Bash Back, A Story of the Queer Mafia Chats with Graphic Policy Radio

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    This Monday is a brand new episode of Graphic Policy Radio and joining us are the team behind the webcomic Bash Back. The comic is described as "a story of the Queer Mafia" from the minds and creativity of writers Kelsey Hercs and Lawrence Gullo and artist Fyodor Pavlov. The webcomic is updated each Monday.


    After thousands of years of bloodshed, torment, and ridicule, now is the time to take what is ours. Bash Back comic is a cathartic, hyper-violent, contemporary queer revenge fantasy.


    Kelsey Hercs is a playwright and performer based in New York City. Bash Back is her first foray into writing for comics, and she is thrilled that this project is the one she's cutting her comic-writing teeth on.


    Russian emigre Fyodor Pavlov is a freelance illustrator, comic artist and smut peddler. In print, Pavlov’s work can be found in Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, The Ouroboros Cycle, Queerotica: A Comics Anthology, and more. His latest comics foray is the art of Bash Back. Together with his husband and creative partner Lawrence Gullo, he co-directs Dr. Sketchy's NYC, throws costume parties and raises a very spoiled cat.


    Lawrence Gullo - Writer, colorist, and graphic design for Bash Back.  Artist and performance artist.  Speaker on transgender issues.


    We want to hear your questions. Tweet them to us @graphicpolicy.

  • 01:16

    Marjorie Liu Discusses Monstress with Graphic Policy Radio

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    This Monday sees a brand new episode of Graphic Policy Radio with a special guest Marjorie Liu who makes her first time appearance on the show to discuss her newest comic series Monstress, her career, and more!


    New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer Marjorie Liu is best known for her fiction and comic books. She teaches comic book writing at MIT, and she leads a class on Popular Fiction at the Voices of Our Nation (VONA) workshop. 


    Ms. Liu is a highly celebrated comic book writer. Her extensive work with Marvel includes the bestselling Dark Wolverine series, NYX: No Way Home, X-23, and Black Widow: The Name of the Rose. She received national media attention for Astonishing X-Men, which featured the gay wedding of X-Man Northstar and was subsequently nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for outstanding media images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Ms. Liu also wrote the story for the animated film, Avengers Confidential: Black Widow and Punisher, which was produced by Marvel, Sony Pictures Entertainment (Japan) Inc., and Madhouse Inc.


    Her newest work is Monstress is an original, creator-owned comic book series with Japanese artist (and X-23 collaborator) Sana Takeda. The series is set in an alternate, matriarchal 1920’s Asia and follows a girl’s struggle to survive the trauma of war. With a cast of girls and monsters and set against a richly imagined aesthetic of art deco-inflected steampunk, the first issue was an instant hit.


    On top of that Ms. Liu is also the author of more than 19 novels, is a frequent lecturer and guest speaker, and was previously a lawyer.


    We want to hear from you too! Tweet us your questions to @graphicpolicy.com.


     

  • 01:29

    Graphic Policy Radio with Guest David F. Walker

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    Journalist, filmmaker, educator, comic book writer, and author, David F. Walker has had an amazing career and makes his first time appearance as a guest on Graphic Policy Radio.


    Walker has been nominated for an Eisner Award for his work as the English language writer on the critically acclaimed manga series Tokyo Tribes, he is the author of the Young Adult series The Adventures of Darius Logan, and co-writer of the Dark Horse Comics series Number 13. Walker’s other work in comics includes Cyborg (DC), Shaft (Dynamite), The Army of Dr. Moreau (IDW/Monkeybrain), and The Supernals Experiment (Canon Comics). Next year he will be writing Power Man and Iron Fist for Marvel.


    He's a leading scholar and expert of African-American cinema and taught courses such as documentary filmmaking, writing for comics, and film criticism to youth through the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Northwest Film Center, Documentary Northwest, and Project Youth Doc.


    We'll be talking to Walker about the above and more and want to hear from you! Tweet us your questions @graphicpolicy.

  • 01:26

    Graphic Policy Radio with Guest Darryl Ayo

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    This Monday, Graphic Policy Radio hits the air with a brand new episode and a first time guest, Darryl Ayo!


    Since 2002, New York cartoonist Darryl Ayo has self-published minicomics, webcomics, anthology stories and comics criticism. Ayo's most known work, Little Garden has evolved and grown into and through several permutations and can be seen in its current form at littlegardencomics.com


    Ayo, is also a commentator, blogging and on comic fandom. We'll not only discuss his comic career but also growth from the first Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival to the current Comics Art Brooklyn.


    So, listen in this Monday and Tweet us your thoughts to @graphicpolicy.

  • 00:59

    Graphic Policy Radio: Politics and Comics of the Multiverses

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    This Monday is a brand new episode of Graphic Policy Radio. With no guest this week, we have a much overdue potluck where we'll discuss some of the latest comic news and reviews.



    Batman #44 is an interesting change for the character. We'll discuss the issue taking on some relevant societal issues

    More news of creators being bad broke out. We discuss the persistent harassment in the comic industry, the protection of these individuals, and what can be done.

    This past weekend was Small Press Expo. We talk about one of the best independent and small press comic conventions out there.


    We'll discuss the above and more! We want to hear from you. Tweet us your thoughts @graphicpolicy

  • Graphic Policy Radio: Year in Comics 2014

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    It's a new year, and the first episode of Graphic Policy Radio, the show that mixes comics and politics. For the first episode of the year we're looking back at 2014 and looking forward to 2015.


    On this episode we're discussing:



    Our favorite comics and graphic novels of 2014,
    What we think were the top stories of 2014,
    What changes in the comic market place happened over the past year,
    What we're looking forward to in 2015,
    Predictions for 2015!


    We're doing all of that LIVE, and we want to hear from you! What stood out to you about 2014, and what are you looking forward to in 2015? Call in and let us know, or Tweet us your thoughts @graphicpolicy.

  • 01:24

    Graphic Policy Radio with guest Bryan Edward Hill

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    This Monday is a brand new episode of Graphic Policy Radio and we're welcoming our first time guest Bryan Edward Hill to the show!


    Bryan is a writer for both comics and films. He currently writes Postal for Image Comics/Top Cow Productions as well as the upcoming Romulus. He was also recently brought on board as the story editor for Top Cow. You can follow him through Tumblr or Twitter.


    We want to hear what questions you have too! Tweet them to us @graphicpolicy and we'll ask them live on the air.

  • 01:34

    Graphic Policy Radio: Politics and Comics of the Multiverses

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    This Monday is a brand new episode of Graphic Policy Radio the show that mixes comic and politics. It's a potluck Monday, and we'll be discussing a wide ranging amount of news and reviews in the comic industry.


    After a few weeks of awesome guests, we'll be catching up to discuss some of our favorite, and not so favorite, releases over the past month!


    Some of the comics we'll be discussing is the newest volume of Phonogram, and the latest issue of Constantine!


    But, that's not all that's on tap. Just tune in and find out what else is on the agenda.


    We also want to hear from you! Tweet us your thoughts @graphicpolicy.

  • 01:43

    Graphic Policy Radio with Guest Jeremy Whitley

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    This Wednesday is a brand new episode of Graphic Policy Radio with returning guest Jeremy Whitley. Jeremy has two comics releasing this week, his creator owned series from Action Lab Entertainment Princeless: Raven, The Pirate Princess #2 and Secret Wars: Secret Love #1 from Marvel. We'll discuss those two releases and so much more!


    Jeremy Whitley is the creator of the original comic series Princeless, Illegal, and The Order of Dagonet. His work has been nominated for two Eisner Awards, Five Glyph Awards, and numerous other honors. In addition to his original creations, he has also been a regular writer for IDW's My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and My Little Pony: Friends Forever series as well as Action Lab's NFL Rush Zone and GlobWorld comic series.


    Jeremy has been at the forefront of changing trends in the comic industry, and a leader for diversity in both creators and characters.


    We want to hear your questions too! You can Tweet us your questions @graphicpolicy.